Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT, JUST TELL ME WHERE YOU WERE AND THAT…

Dave Dennis:

Well, I was at home, I had gone home and uh eaten and gone by the time, we were getting ready to eat you know, uh… no I didn't eat, I got going home and taken a quick bath and went to bed and as soon as I was got into bed, I got a call saying that he'd just been shot. My first reaction to that was, was I was just stunned and shocked. I didn't, I didn't move, I couldn't move, I just sat there and uh for a long time. Um, I guess reality is of, of life and uh death and what we're doing just really hit me suddenly you know. And I was extremely angry, uh, not knowing what to do, or anything of that nature. So, I guess life sort of changed, things became, after that incident, things became very automatic for a while to me. I became extremely cold, I became um, uh, my feelings about what had to be done in the movement, I was more like an army sergeant, in a sense. There was some people, uh once uh, we were um, I had sent some people over into Natchez it was to pick up some, uh, get some affidavits uh that we needed for some lawyers and they came back and um, the car had been shot up and stuff like that. And they were very upset you know, my first reaction was, did you get the affidavits and uh, they said no. I told them well, as soon as you get something to eat, take the keys to the other car out there, I want you guys to go back and get those papers ‘cause we need them and I walked away. I didn't realize what I had done until later on that evening when one of the workers there came up and said Dave do know what you did, you know, I mean, I mean how could you do that and I said what are you talking about, you know. And then we had a long discussion about it and my first reaction was well they had something that had to be done, that's their job, you know. And then I began to feel my feelings were different, you know I mean its something that um, and that incident occurred before uh Schwerner and them were killed and so and now…